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Monday, November 07, 2005

Disney Uses Chinese Slave Labor

In China, young women and men are forced to work 10 to 13 hours a day producing Disneys children’s books six and seven days a week, working a grueling 60 to 90 hours a week.

The workers are paid just 33 to 41 cents an hour, trapping them in misery. It is common for the workers to be cheated of their overtime pay. In some factories, women are denied their legal maternity rights. Eight to 12 workers are housed in primitive dorm rooms sleeping on double level bunk beds and fed horrible food at the factory canteen. Workers often faint from exhaustion and the unbearably stifling heat in the factories. Workers have no health insurance, no pension, no rights. They have no right to freedom of association or to organize.

But the workers are fighting back in search of basic justice. And - in what is a hugely important development - students and scholars in Hong Kong (formed as SACOM - Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior) are joining their sisters and brothers in China in this struggle.

The National Labor Committee, together with SACOM and our NGO partners in Hong Kong, intend to launch an international campaign to shame Disney into doing the right thing.

The demands of the Chinese workers are simple and doable. Disney must release the names and addresses of the factories they use across China to make their goods. Disney must allow SACOM and other human, womens and worker rights NGOs access to these plants to train the workers so they can play the key role in monitoring these factories. This will bring an end to the violations.

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